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Miguel de Unamuno
September 29, 1864 - December 31, 1936
Nationality: Spanish
Category: Educator

Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.


Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.


It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love.


Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.


Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.


A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.


True science teaches, above all, to doubt and to be ignorant.


That which the Fascists hate above all else, is intelligence.


Suffering is the substance of life and the root of personality, for it is only suffering that makes us persons.


We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe.


Faith which does not doubt is dead faith.


The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.


Only in solitude do we find ourselves; and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude.


Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.


Your neighbor's vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you.


The greatest height of heroism to which an individual, like a people, can attain is to know how to face ridicule.


If a person never contradicts himself, it must be that he says nothing.


A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.


There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man - that is, the more divine - the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.


What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.


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